The number 2 figure in the government, Patriotic Front (PF) secretary-general Wynter Kabimba, lashed out against online publications during a press conference yesterday, and threatened possible actions to shut down websites that were critical of the government of President Michael Sata.
Mr Kabimba said that the bitterness exhibited on a daily basis by the opposition party UPND must not go unchecked by the PF. Speaking when he officially opened the PF Copperbelt provincial consultative conference at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe yesterday, Mr Kabimba said the PF must condemn in the strongest terms, the collaboration between UPND and MMD to sponsor elements in the social media who cast aspersions on members of the clergy and traditional leaders.
“It is sad that the Zambian Watchdog has been posting insults about Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu and Chieftainess Nkomeshya… and the MMD thinks this is the way to raise their political profile,” Mr. Kabimba said. “We must protest against such immoral level of politics in the misguided name of freedom of speech or press freedom.”
He said MMD and UPND leaders have no respect for church leaders and traditional rulers and that it is time the PF closed some of the online publications.
Mr Kabimba also said the electoral defeat of the MMD is still a great shock to both the former ruling party and its surrogate partner UPND.
“Consequently, the two have continued to pretend that they have accepted defeat through a democratic process when this is not so.
“The bitterness which is being published on a daily basis by the UPND must not go unchecked by the PF. UPND is bitter because the leaders in the party had sworn to heaven that the PF would never win an election without them as partners,” he said.